GOP lawmakers: Guns on campus bill has votes to pass Senate

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Two Republican senators say a proposal that would allow college students to carry guns on campus already has enough support to pass the upper chamber.

Sens. Charles Schwertner and Brian Birdwell said Monday that 19 senators have endorsed their bill. It would allow students, faculty and staff members with concealed-handgun licenses to carry guns into campus buildings and classrooms.

The issue has sparked fierce debate in previous legislative sessions, but never became law.

However, a rules change championed by new Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick reduced the threshold to debate Senate bills from 21 to 19.

That means there is now enough support for the "Campus Personal Protection Act" to go to the floor - and potentially pass.

The House would still need to take up the measure.

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